A bill on higher education prefiled yesterday by Representative Rick Brattin (r):
Eliminates tenure for new employees at public institutions of higher education and specifies information that public institutions of higher education must make available to the public
Sponsor: Brattin, Rick (055)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2018
LR Number: 4356H.01I
Last Action: 12/05/2017 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 1474
Some of the text:
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1474
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE BRATTIN. 4356H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 173.1004, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to public institutions of higher education.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 173.1004, RSMo, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu 2 thereof, to be known as sections 173.940 and 173.1004, to read as follows:
173.940. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no public institution of higher education in this state shall award tenure to any person who is hired by such institution for the first time on or after January 1, 2019. The provisions of this section shall not apply to employees hired prior to January 1, 2019.
Why, this seems rather punitive in nature.
It appears that any understanding of the concept of faculty tenure and the implications for faculty recruitment and shared governance escape the representative. He should, perhaps, bother to ask someone who does.
Rep. Brattin is a 1999 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School.
Well, that could explain some of it.